Reply by: showcase Posted: 2/28/2014 11:12:07 AM Points: 1783
I do know at this point Diamond is a mud hole, they are trying to get enough water in it to restock it. Before it dried up it was the best fishery I have ever fished. I sure hope it comes back again, I will be a resident of Diamond Lake. Unfortunately with the budget issues my guess it won't happen for a while?
Reply by: showcase Posted: 3/1/2014 12:59:00 AM Points: 1783
All of the above, honestly 50 to 75 fish days were common and an 18" average. The biggest fish ever was a 29" 9 pound brown and every year you would catch a couple brookies 18-20", no kidding best lake anywhere of all time, well atleast that I have fished. But keep in mind this was in the 90's. A big part of the success was a two fish over 16" bag limit. I would love to see it back, but I try not to think about it, maybe someday??
Reply by: Shoe2 Posted: 3/3/2014 9:39:27 AM Points: 110
I can confirm that the fishing was unbelievable at Diamond in the late 90's. Never caught the brookes or browns but bow fishing was incredible - even dry fly fishermen did well. I remember keeping a fish there and it tasted bad but could have been a fluke. There was a little protection from the wind. East Allen has been off and on because it seems like water quality is questionable. Not much protection from wind there.
Reply by: showcase Posted: 3/4/2014 10:45:48 AM Points: 1783
No absolutely no protection from the wind at Diamond, it would rip. That Brown was the only one I ever heard of out of there also, have no idea where he came from but my dad caught him in 1987 in November on a platte river special and the brookies were all caught in the 80's and early 90's, they seemed to disappear about the mid 90's? Game and fish said they would come in from the ditch feeding it which came from elk mountain.
Reply by: Shoe2 Posted: 3/5/2014 8:06:04 AM Points: 110
When you are despirate for wind protection, you start to think that even the tall grass provides some. At Diamond, I could get up next to the west bank and fish anyway. That isn't possible in some of other places that I fish. I wish they could get the water needed to fill up Diamond again. Big brookies would be awesome. I wish that they would stock a few in the fertile lakes.
I agree completely, I wish they would stock more Brookies and Browns both, I'm pretty sure they are just worried about them eating stockers especially the Browns. There truly aren't many places to go for great Browns in lakes in Wyoming and the Brookies would be awesome, Saratoga used to have some big Brookies too but they are gone also.